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thrilled to be able to talk about it on your show. >> juan: we are thrilled to have you. >> judge jeanine: thank you very much. >> jesse: set your dvrs. never miss an episode of "the five." someone else that has great hair besides me. bret baier. >> bret: thank you. nicely done. president trump pulls the security clearance of a former cia director. attorneys make their closing arguments in the trial of paul manafort, and u.s. relations with a nato ally getting even worse. this is "special report" ." ♪ good evening. welcome to washington. i am bret baier. he called president trump's actions after his meeting with vladimir putin in helsinki treasonous. this afternoon, president trump revoked former cia director john brennan security clearance, citing "wild outbursts and erratic behavior." the move is the first decision to come out of a review of
access for several top intelligence and law enforcement officials. as you can imagine, it is one causing quite a stir here in washington tonight. we begin on the north lawn of the white house with corresponding kevin corke. good evening. >> good evening. the president said that mr. brennan's conduct and behavior had far exceeded the limits of any professional courtesy due to him, and the revocation of his security clearance comes a day after mr. brennan criticized mr. trump's behavior on twitter. >> mr. brennan's lying and recent conduct characterized by increasingly frenzied commentary is wholly consistent with access to the nations most closely held secrets. >> revoking john brennan security clearance, the trump administration reignited a fierce debate over just how much access former intelligence officials should have two sensitive government information when they leave their posts. sparked new questions about whether this amounted to a trump enemy list.
>> i believe mr. trump decided to take this action, as he has done with others, to try to intimidate and suppress any criticism of him or his administration. and revoking my security clearances is his way of trying to get back at me. >> these people are being singled out to have security clearances revoked or in the process of being revoked, it smacks of nixonian type practices. >> the names are a veritable who's who. james comey, susan rice, michael hayden, sally yates, and a host of former and current fai and former fbi officials. all of whom have been ensnared in what some believe was a corrugated campaign to target then candidate donald trump. >> does the nsa collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of americans? >> no, sir, . >> it does not?
>> not wittingly. >> james clapper who some of accused of misleading congressional lawmakers about the nsa's warrantless surveillance program is among those whose clearance is under review. >> it is unprecedented. i don't know of a case where this has ever been done in the past. access to clearances normally would be done completely by a sponsoring agency. >> we have just seen a tweet from mr. brennan not long ago. he is calling the president's action part of a broader effort to suppress freedom of speech and to punish critics. >> bret: more on this with the panel. kevin corke, thank you. closing arguments are finished. now it is up to the jury to decide the fate of president trump's former campaign chair, paul manafort who stands charged with 18 counts of tax evasion and bank fraud. chief intelligence correspondent catherine herridge is outside the courthouse in alexandria with a look at what happened
today. good evening. >> thank you and good evening. based on the latest dispatch from the courthouse, the judge is wrapping up instructions for the 12 jurors and four alternates. he told them when it comes to comment on evidence and witnesses during the trial, that they may disregard them as they see fit. whatever the outcome in this case, whatever the verdict, it will likely have an impact and a ripple effect on the president and the russia special counsel, robert mueller. wearing a navy suit and blue shirt, paul manafort listened closely as prosecutors told the jurors that the president's former campaign chairman was dishonest. special counsel prosecutor. "mr. manafort lied to keep more money when he added and lied to get more when he didn't. this is a case about manafort's lies. he had money in foreign bank accounts and spent it on
real estate." rick gates was the government's star witness, testifying earlier than his old boss was in total control of his finances. at the time, judge t.s. ellis' sought to undercut gait's testimony. on this point, the prosecution appeared to do cleanup, telling the jury "when manafort chose someone to light as accountants, he didn't choose a boy scout. ladies and gentlemen, the star witness in this case is the documents." in closing arguments, the defense emphasized that the government must prove that manafort knowingly and willfully violated tax law and banking regulations. the defense also counted gates as a liar, weak witness install from his boss and couldn't get a story straight. the defense attorney kevin downey. "the government so desperate to convict mr. manafort that they made a deal with rick gates. how i was able to get the deal he did i have no idea." downing's partner emphasized
that tenets of the u.s. justice system, that a defendant is innocent until proven guilty and not required to testify and the burden is on the government to prove its case. "it's not even enough that they are highly likely guilty. it has to be beyond a reasonable doubt." manafort as multimillion dollar loan secured during 2016, it goes to the heart of the bank fraud charges. what the defense said is that the banks reported nothing to the regulators until special counsel began asking. >> bret: catherine, thank you. catholic church leaders are responding to the pennsylvania grand jury report with detailed claims that more than 100,000 children were abused by hundreds of priests over the last seven decades. actions the grand jury report states "were covered up," by church leaders. in a statement released, the u.s. catholic bishops conference stated "we are grateful for the courage of people who aided the
investigation by sharing their personal stories of abuse. as a body of bishops, we are shamed by and sorry for the sins and omissions by catholic priests and catholic bishops." bill donohue said today that bishops are understandably sorry about the conduct of some priests but promises to respond to what he calls lies in the grand jury report. last week he called the investigation a war on the catholic church, full of hypocrisy and corruption. pope francis has not yet weighed in. the markets were off today. dow finished down 138. rebound after being down more than 300 at one point today. s&p 500 was off 22. nasdaq finish down 97 points. one reason the u.s. markets may have suffered today, turkey. the country is doubling down on tariffs on u.s. imports in retaliation for new u.s. sanctions on turkey. turkey is now in the middle of a currency crisis.
a show down all centering on turkey's refusal to release american pastor andrew brunson. rich edson has the latest. >> a wealthy ally helped stabilize turkey's strain currency. while visiting turkish president recep ergogan, $15 billion alleged to investments in turkey. last year, turkey increased the military presence in qatar. investors concerned about turkish inflation, debt, and a dispute with the united states. >> if the united states presents a constructive will, then of course we will continue these discussions and negotiations. we will show the will to take steps to resolve it diplomatically. >> officials say president erdogan has no plans to speak with president trump. u.s. officials say there is little progress in their conversations with turkey and that there are no meetings planned between top american and turkish officials. instead, their dispute is escalating. turkey has announced additional tariffs up to 140% on american
imports like alcohol, rice, appliances. in a statement, turkey's trade minister says "and responsive deliberate and continued u.s. escalation of trade tensions, turkey today has raised tariffs on key u.s. imports. trade wars help no one but turkey will do what's necessary to protect our industries and economy." in response to the doubling of tariff rates on turkey steel and aluminum. yesterday president erdogan encouraged turks to boycott american electronics. the u.s. continues to demand that turkey release american pastor and ron brunson. >> they have treated pastor brunson very badly. >> a court has rejected an appeal to release brunson. the higher court may repeal it. >> as for whether the u.s. will put more sanctions on turkey,
the state farm refused to comment. >> bret: rich edson live at the state department. thank you. a suicide bomber killed at least 40 people today, injured dozens more in afghanistan's capital. the bomber targeted a building where a group of men and women were studying for university exams. ice is being blamed for that attack. the trump administration is imposing sanctions on foreign companies it says are helping north korea with shipments to fund its nuclear program. treasury secretary steven mnuchin said his department is taking action against three companies which are based in china, russia, and singapore. as well as the head of russian firm. steven mnuchin says consequences for violating the sanctions will stay in place until the complete denuclearization of north korea. this week marks one year since nafta renegotiations began, and
there is word tonight that a trade deal could be very close with mexico. the deal so far leaves canada out in the cold. correspondent gillian turner has the story. >> you know this president. he prefers bilateral trade agreements. he's made it clear. >> u.s. and mexican trade rep incentives kicked off their fourth week in a row of negotiations to update nafta, the president's trade advisors as an agreement may be evident. speak of the team has been working overtime, late nights going through but i would characterize as the final details. >> after president trump threatened to scrap nafta, mexico and canada pushed back. insisting on a three-way deal. so far, the u.s. and mexico have been meeting one-on-one, with mexico's minister of finance anticipating canada's return to the negotiating table in the future. >> in the next few days or weeks, finish the u.s.-mexico
elements. >> a couple sticking points remain. the u.s. is demanding cars must be built with 85% of their parts made in canada or mexico in order to qualify for reduced tariffs. but mexico wants to continue making cars with more parts from other countries. the u.s. also wants to final agreement to expire after five years, move opposed by mexico and canada. the finish line inside, it's clear nafta's fate hinges on canada. >> the hope is the mexican deal will become the model for what canada accepts. it should be good news for a deal with canada if the mexican deal moves forward. >> until then, canada is on standby. >> canada is ready to be at the table anytime. i think we are very hopeful and optimistic about getting a deal. >> now the trump administration is in a race against the clock. they hope to get a deal done before mexico's president leaves office december 1. the white house has to give congress 90 days notice before
any foreign trade deal can take effect. which means the president only has until august 25th to get mexico and canada on board. >> bret: thank you. have next, how writing the trump train may have helped in several primary races last night at a preview of some big races coming this fall. first here's what's in the lower fox village run the country recovering tonight. fox 13 in albuquerque where the district attorney says he will appeal the bond given by the judge in the case of five suspects arrested in a raid on a new mexico compound. the move comes as one of the women arrested has been turned over to immigration authorities. one of those women is a native of haiti and was transferred to i.c.e. her immigration status is unclear. fox 61 in hartford. police say more than 30 people fell ill from suspected drug overdoses tuesday night in new haven. the city's fire chief says the victims apparently consumed a synthetic marijuana. authorities say to people had life-threatening symptoms. this is a live look at miami
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in many cultures, young men would stay with their families until their 40's. >> bret: it appears president trump is a boon for republican, as many who embrace the president won primaries tuesday. on the democratic side, diversely reigned supreme. we have fox team coverage. peter doocy is in wisconsin where voters picked a candidate to take on democratic incumbent senator tammy baldwin this november. we begin with senior political correspondent mike emanuel in minneapolis where there are a few surprises. good evening. >> good evening. there was some serious drama here in minnesota with a well-known republican losing and a rising star democrat winning despite facing career threatening accusations. >> congressmen and deputy dnc chairman keith ellison cruised to victory in the minnesota attorney general's race despite
allegations of physical and emotional abuse made by an ex-girlfriend. ellison docked questions about the abuse claims. >> we are going to talk about all this in the days to come. i want to honor you and know we are not trying to avoid the topic. we will handle it head on. they are not true but we will handle them in the days come. >> ellison will face doug wardlow. seeking native first g.o.p. minnesota attorney general in 40 years. in
a minnesota senate race, karin housley advancing to take on tina smith. the winner will serve the final two years of former democrat senator al franken's term. karin housley is starting her outreach thing "radical partisanship threatens to stand in the way of confronting the many challenges that face our nation and the people of our stages are better." a big surprise came in the minnesota governor 's race on the republican side with a president trump backed candidate defeating a former two-term governor. >> i support donald trump.
i've always supported donald trump. it doesn't mean i always agree. it doesn't mean we have the same style. >> johnson's win marks the end of a comeback by former republican governor and presidential candidate tim pawlenty was a guest of his political career is done. >> the circumstances we live in in the era of a different kind of leadership in terms of a president trump and the like. i just don't fit well into that era come into that picture. so the
baton gets passed to jeff and his team and we wish them all. >> the trump effect clearly had a big impact and number of primaries. the major test will be if his candidates can backed democrats in this purple state. in wisconsin, peter doocy. >> if there's going to be a nationwide blue wave or red wave, we may have seen a ripple last night here in wisconsin. >> governor walker has been here eight years on the problems are not going away. >> in the fight to challenge
governor scott walker, wisconsin state school superintendent tony evers emerged from a field of eight democrats with a warning about what tariffs could do to wisconsin's most delicious export. >> our nation's cheese. donald trump's tariffs are having a devastating impact on my hometown. >> walker doesn't think economic policies here are hurting. he thinks they are helping his campaign for a third term. >> do we want to move wisconsin forward? or are we going to take a giant step back? >> walker thinks the state's can help him hold his seat. leah vukmir thinks the states strong economy can help her flip on. the republican bull challenge democratic senator tammy baldwin in november. >> we spread a message of the wisconsin way. >> november's ballot will be the first u.s. senate ballot with two women representing major parties in wisconsin's history. a different kind of history they last night in vermont when
christine hallquist won the democratic primary for governor, the first openly transgender person to ever win a major party's nomination. for governor. >> i can handle the bigotry to know i am supporting people in a marginalized community. >> tuesday's races weren't the only ones called tuesday. last week, kansas gubernatorial primary finally concluded when governor colyer conceded. >> will not challenge this in court nor will be asking for a recount. >> kris kobach is a winner. >> at the end of today, our lead in the primary election for governor is to 345 votes. >> kobach surged late. in connecticut, trump ties or something the winner of last nights democratic gubernatorial primary wants to cut. >> these are not georgian barbara bush connecticut republicans. it's a new breed of trump
republicans and we are not going to let them take over our state. >> a few years ago, it was unthinkable to hear democratic primary winner like that speak glowingly of the bush family. it is proof that both sides understand the g.o.p. is moving on, and primaries are being won and lost based on a candidate's proximity to the president. >> bret: peter doocy in wisconsin. thank you. up next, what is killing the wildlife of florida's coast? first beyond our borders tonight. death toll from the bridge collapsed in italy has risen to 39. as emergency workers continue to move tons of broken concrete and twisted steel from tuesday's collapse in general. investigators looking into the collapse but engineering experts know that the bridge is 51 years old and believe corrosion weather were likely factors. venezuelan authorities say they have arrested 14 more people in connection with what they say was an assassination attempt on
president nicolas maduro. among those detained are a general and colonel from the national guard. president maduro has accused opposition and neighboring colombia of plotting to kill him in a drone attack during a military parade earlier this month. the u.s. defense secretary jim mattis is pledging a closer defense partnership with argentina. during a trip this week, mattis said cooperation will be strengthened. stops in south america will include chile and colombia. just some of the other stories beyond our borders tonight. we will be right back. the nation's largest senior-living referral service. for the past five years, i've spoken with hundreds of families and visited senior-care communities around the country. and i've got to tell you, today's senior-living communities are better than ever. these days, there are amazing amenities, like movie theaters, exercise rooms and swimming pools, public cafes, bars, and bistros, even pet-care services.
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>> i think it's affecting me a little bit. i can tell i have some irritation in my throat, coughing. >> on sarasota's beach, the concession stand has been closed all week. tourists dependent businesses are being affected. >> a lot of cancellations. i'm close in the office early most days to get out of here myself. it is affecting me. >> governor rick scott's emergency declaration this week offers interest free loans for small businesses that qualify and includes additional funding for researchers at the marine laboratory and aquarium responding to increased reports of dead or distressed animals. >> a average 100 turtles a year. about 10 to 15 dolphins. we are seeing the annual averages in less than a month, sometimes less than a week. it has been trying. >> at this canal, researchers are conducting the first field test of a new system designed to destroy red tide algae and toxins and smaller waterways.
>> we are starting red tide in trying to understand what causes it. we know it's natural. it's been around for thousands of years but what can we do about it? that's the big question. >> scientists can't say when the red tide will go away. now in its tenth month, this is the longest bloom southwest florida has seen in more than a decade. >> bret: thank you. he won his case before the u.s. supreme court but the colorado baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple is now suing colorado over another discriminate in allegation. lawyers for a masterpiece cake shop owner jack phillips status date is on a "crusade" to question because of his religious beliefs. the supreme court sided with phillips in june, saying comments by member of the colorado civil rights commission displayed an antireligious bias. i did not rule on whether the business owners can invoke religious objections to refuse service to lgbt people. less than a month later, the commission found probable cause
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>> are listening to everyone. republican, democrat, independent. everyone in texas is important. >> a message that appears to resonate with voters. according to the latest quinnipiac poll, ted cruz maintains a six-point lead. some polls suggest an even tighter race, a recent texas bowl put the spread it 2, highly unusual, analysts say in a state that practically bleeds red. >> the normal republican margin in texas these days is somewhere, 14, 15 points. senator cruz is awake at this point. >> the mudslinging has ensued. cruz's first tv ads came out at the beginning of the month. o'rourke countered with a fund-raising drive raking in more than $1 million to help fund advertisements with a more
"positive spin." both crisscrossed the state trying to win over voters. >> i told the people of texas if you elect me, i will fight for you. >> i am really excited about texas. i feel lucky. >> foes during the presidential campaign, senator cruz now calling on president donald trump to help stump for him. >> bret: casey stegall in dallas. thank you. new york's democratic governor slammed the president's signature slogan today, calling america not that great. >> we are not going to make america great again. it was never that great. we have not reached greatness. we will reach greatness when every american is fully engaged.
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erratic conduct and behavior. second, that conduct and behavior has tested and far exceeded the limits of any professional courtesy that may have been due to him. >> i do believe mr. trump decided to take this action, as he has done with others, to try to intimidate and suppress any criticism of him or his administration. revoking my security clearances is his way of trying to get back at me. >> bret: john brennan, former cia director, security clearance revoked today saying it was a suppression of his freedom of speech, saying that as he was speaking freely on another cable channel. he has been speaking freely, criticizing this president pretty robustly. >> i have seen this type of behavior and actions on the part of foreign tyrants and despots and autocrats for many, many years during my cia and national security career. he is mean-spirited.
he's dishonest. he has shown a lack of integrit integrity. and he has continued, i think, demean the office of the presidency. he is, i think, the most divisive president we've ever had in the oval office. this is nothing short of treasonous because it's a betrayal of the nation. >> i think brennan is a bad guy. i think is a very bad person. >> bret: this has all created quite a stir in washington. let's bring in the panel. matthew continetti, washington free beacon. ed garrett, "washington post." jonah goldberg, senior editor at national review. >> it is certainly a first for the president to deny a former cia director has agreed to clearance. it's also a first for some of brennan's comments in the past. we talked about the norms being broken here, we need to recognize brennan has behaved in a way that's very unusual. accusing the president of
treason, accusing. what trump has done is, as usual, pivoted from one scandal by creating another one. in brennan's case, it may have been a justified exercise of his authority. >> bret: referencing the omarosa dustup. and, in addition to john brennan, other security clearances under review, james comey, james clapper. sally yates. andrew mccabe, susan rice, michael hayden, peter strzok, lisa page, former doj official bruce ohr. actually he is still doj. >> right, so what did all those people have in common with the possible exception of bruce ohr, who was still in government? all have been publicly critical of the president. so i don't know what the president's intent is here by
his actions today, he certainly is allowing his critics free rein to criticize him for retaliating in a personal way, basically carrying out a vendetta against one person has been extremely publicly critical of him and holding ed damocles over a group of others have also been critical. >> bret: mark warner another saying. reaction from capitol hill. buck sexton tweeted "brennan is not working for the government anymore. he doesn't need a clearance. he's a partisan actor working to undermine the current commander-in-chief." >> i think everybody is right. i agree with matt that it's unprecedented and i agree that brennan behaved in ways that previous cia directors haven't, and it was an abuse of privilege that he had. i think he was not a
particularly good intelligence official throughout the obama years and did a lot of things i criticized at the time. at the same time, this is clearly for political cover. it was in the works. they had some kind of case that said break glass in case of omarosa. >> bret: july 26 is when this statement. >> to me, it's similar to the tariffs against canada which are justified on national security grounds. there is no national security threat from trade with canada. this is the authority that the president is invoking to basically do something wrinkly political and personal. the fact that brennan had it coming is a good defense. the idea that michael hayden has it coming, i don't see that. that it is against brennan's free speech is ridiculous. he will criticized trump even more. but it has us not talking about
omarosa. >> bret: mark warner, vice chair of the senate intelligence committee. >> to me, this had an eerie memory of an enemies list. it smacks of nixonian type practices of trying to silence anyone who is willing to criticize this president and puts us in uncharted territory. there is a bit of an irony that one of the reasons they cited for taking away mr. brennan's clearance was erratic behavior. i wonder if this white house has looked at itself in the mirror. >> bret: rand paul was pushing for this action. he tweeted july 23 "is john brennan monetizing his security clearance? making millions of dollars divulging secrets to that real stream media with the attacks on trump?"
other senators speaking out the other way. to this point about suppressing free speech. that doesn't seem to be what would happen. the thing that would happen is they would possibly not be brought into consult on something that was confidential, top secret. >> which they really do. someone who served under presidents reagan and george w. bush wrote in july when we were discussing this, that in many cases the security clearances lapse. or they are there if you bring the men for consultations. i don't think the trump administration is going to bring in john brennan for consultation. one thing unusual to me about the statement was it's one thing if you say brennan's behavior warrants the revocation of his security clearance. it's another if you say from now on from awareness going to start blanket withdrawal of these security clearances once you leave government. introducing the third group of people by name and saying that they too may have their
clearances revoked, including someone who continues to work for president trump in the government. it leaves the administration open to attack. >> bret: you have to set the bar. what is the bar? there was reporting on another channel that the director of national intelligence dan coats was not aware of this. reported tonight from bloomberg that he was consulted. that vice president pence was an john kelly and john bolton as well as dni coats. >> this was a collective decision. we now know the paperwork was drafted weeks in advance and was probably set aside waiting for the right moment. i will say one thing on the question of free speech. michael flynn. michael flynn held or easily could have returned to his full security clearance during the last year of the obama administration when he was on the campaign trail for then
candidate trump, disparaging on the obama administration. that was free speech. no one tried to revoke his security clearance. it's basically the same question. >> bret: next up, tension with turkey and what's up with tariffs. able keeping this tookus safe and protected... you can get comfortable doing the same with yours. preparation h. get comfortable with it. yeah... but popping these things really helps me...relax. please don't, i'm saving those for later. at least you don't have to worry about renters insurance. just go to geico.com. geico helps with renters insurance? good to know. been doing it for years. that's really good to know. i'll check 'em out. get to know geico. and see how easy homeowners and renters insurance can be.
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♪ >> tariffs from turkey are regrettable and a step in the wrong direction. the tariffs the united states placed on turkey war of national security interests. there is are out of retaliation. >> translator: the united states presents a constructive will, then of course we will continue these discussions and negotiations. we will show the will to take steps to resolve this through diplomatic means. >> bret: turkey announcing more tariffs on u.s. imports into turkey, as the back and forth. the dow didn't like the whole thing. most experts think it was tied to this. this obviously centering on the release of american pastor andrew brunson which turkey has not done payback with the panel. where's it going? >> i think it's going to get worse before it gets better largely because of the way
erdogan governs. he has borrowed enormous sums of money to fund infrastructure spending and they can't pay it. he considered raising interest rates. the mother of all evils, not the consensus of economists. i want the pastor out. i'm glad the trump administration is trying to get them out. i'm not sure the national security rationale is persuasiv persuasive. when you deal with populist leaders like erdogan, asking them to lose face is a risky proposition that all think they're going to blink. >> bret: qatar saying today interrogated they are going to give $15 billion of direct investments to kind of help turkey out. qatar on the back end of another issue in the middle east. thoughts. >> uc turkey move towards marginal players like russia and qatar. i don't think it would be very successful. jonah is right. erdogan is using tariffs as a cover for the fact that he's
responsible for the economic mess turkey is in. and he's responsible for holding pastor brunson. whether tariffs are the right move, we can't forget trump try the other method. he tried having diplomatic negotiation and in fact believe that erdogan was going to release the pastor and then erdogan reversed. that's why we have arrived at this place. >> bret: talking about tariffs. nafta and negotiations continued. everything we are getting from the administration is that we are close to a deal with mexico but not canada. >> right, so in this negotiation, the white house basically did with nafta what it says what it wants to do with other trade deals. nafta involves three countries. the trump administration has sliced off canada and basically dealing with just mexico. as trump said, canada will have to wait. negotiations with mexico have
gone much better than certainly even many of the presidents trade advisors were predicting six months ago. >> bret: even a new mexico administration not exactly friendly to the administration. >> the current president enrique pena nieto has had many differences withdrawn. on paper, the guy coming in without more. he's about as politically different from trump's you can get but that's really not the way it's working out. trump administration believes the incoming government wants to see a stable nafta and wants to help make a deal now that they will be in charge of carrying out. the incoming government has sent a representative to talks in washington. this is the fourth week in a row that mexico and the u.s. have met face-to-face. it appears to be moving close. the big question is whether canada will sign on. >> bret: if they save some money, that could be used to pay
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102. who knew? that's it for "special report." "the story with martha maccallum." i was late yesterday and early today. >> martha: thanks. good to see you tonight. breaking tonight, paul manafort's future in the hands of the jury. their decision is a major hurdle for the mueller team. the outcome will dowse or accelerate the fire under their case. manafort faces 18 count of tax and banking fraud. he could get up to 305 years if he is convicted on all of the count. paul manafort just to take you back, came on the washington scene in 1975. there he is in the middle. he worked for gerald ford, reagan, bush and bob dole. he became a successful